July 20, 2011

Fisher camp notebook: 2013 QB Olsen on campus

Tracey Howard has 'Noles high on his radar (by Michael Langston)

Miramar cornerback Tracey Howard hasn't mentioned the Florida State Seminoles that much on the recruiting trail, but that all changed Wednesday when he, along with over a dozen of his teammates made their way to Tallahassee for the Jimbo Fisher Football Camp.

"FSU is one of my top schools. I have a lot of friends already here. I talk with Lamarcus Joyner a good bit, actually spoke with him last night. He just told me what it's like here at Florida State," said Howard. "I have family and friends that are also at FAMU so it's a school. I don't plan to participate at the camp because my coaches feel I need to rest because I really pushed it hard up in Oregon at "The Opening" event. But I plan on getting a closer look at FSU. I'll also be coming back next Monday and spending a few more days in Tallahassee to see the camps and meet with the coaches because I have a relative graduating from FAMU."

What were some of the impressions of the 6-foot-1, 175 pound corner had about FSU and the coaching staff? Much like his feelings about the campus, Howard gives FSU high marks.

"Their corners are physical with how they attack the receivers. That certainly stands out. It's a defense that swarms around the football and they all play together really well," he said "I've always been impressed with that defense. I also really like Coach Fisher. We didn't get a chance to talk for a long time today, but I'm supposed to have a meeting with him and Coach Stoops right after this camp. Coach Stoops is one of the best at developing cornerbacks so I'm looking forward to getting to know both of them a lot better."

Green returns to Tallahassee (by Paul Thomas)

Former FSU linebacker Lamont Green was on hand for the first day of the Jimbo Fisher camp on Wednesday. Green is now the head coach at South Miami high school and brought up a few of his players to participate in the camp.

He also assisted running linebackers through drills with FSU assistant Greg Hudson.

"Anytime I can come and try to do anything with the university and help out and give back, that's all part of the experience," he said of being back in Tallahassee. "We live for this kind of stuff, so it's exciting being here right now."

The chance to get some tips form college coaches and compete is what made Green to make the drive up from Miami with his players.

"It's a little late, we wanted to come to an earlier camp but we need all the work we can get," he said of his team. "The season starts in three weeks, and we're just looking forward to building and trying to get better."

Green, who played for FSU from 1995-98, said as a former player he is extremely satisfied with the direction Fisher has the program going. He also said as a high school coach you can tell the perception of FSU has changed among recruits.

"Now all the elite players are wanting to come to Florida State," he said. "That's going to be bad news for the rest of the county, because [FSU] probably has the best head coach, the best coaching staff, and once we have all the best players again it's going to be hell to pay. Last year the ball got rolling, and the engine is full-tuned now."

Green said while he loves coaching high school football, he definitely could see himself on the sidelines in garnet and gold.

"I want to be on the field full time so hopefully I can work my way back and end up back here some day," he said.

Top prospects waiting for tomorrow (by Michael Langston)

It was a day of watching for some of the prospects on hand for the FSU summer camp. Some of the top ones expected to work out tomorrow are running back Torrey Clayton, Malcolm Lewis, DeVonte Mathis, and Dante Fowler.

However, there were several prospects that emerged with a strong performances in day one. One of them was quarterback Ryan Burns, a solid prospect from the State of Virginia, who was from a performance standpoint one of the best. He showed off plenty of zip with the slant passes but at the same time even had the touch on the deep post patterns for 7-on-7 action. He is expected to have an evening throwing session tonight with FSU. If all goes well an offer could very well be extended.

Also, the fastest linebacker from sideline to sideline today had to be Hilliard Athlete Marcus Allen. No, he is not related to the Marcus Allen of the Super Bowl winning Oakland Raiders. Allen, much like the all pro was dominant at his position. He covered so much ground in not a lot of steps. Not to mention his long arms helped him really close any throwing windows.

In addition, the state of Louisiana was well represented with 2013 linebacker Dominique Lavalias, a 5-foot-11, 226-pounder was one of the top overall performers at the event today. What stood out about this 2013 prospect is his reaction time with his instincts, processing that knowledge, then exploding to make a play on the football in one-on-one competition.

Also finishing with a strong performance today and arguably the top overall prospect was Jayron Kearse, who has a lean frame, but one that could easily had 15 to 20 pounds and not affect his burst off the ball. Much like his uncle Jevon Kearse, the speed of the edge is what had most drooling over his talent. Kearse told Warchant.com that FSU is in his top three at this time. Added, he likes the aggressive skills of the FSU defensive lineman, so he wanted to show the FSU staff what he could do.


  • Seminole tribe member David Nunez is participating in the camp.

  • A number of current players stopped by the camp on Wednseday including Bobby Hart, Jacob Coker, Clint Trickett, and Kelvin Benjamin among others.

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